Monday, June 27, 2005

More on 741.5 Cartoons, caricatures, comics, graphic novels, fotonovelas

The Dewey folks are still considering classifications for comics. Still time to make your voice heard. Notice at the end of the announcement is that there will soon be a Dewey weblog.
Although we continue pondering what development would be best, the time has come to make a decision and adopt a new schedule. We plan to prepare a draft schedule for consideration by the Decimal Classification Editorial Policy Committee (EPC) at its October 2005 meeting, to be mailed to EPC September 6, 2005.

The primary topic of this report is the responses to our most recent proposal, to divide cartoons, caricatures, comics, graphic novels, fotonovelas into two categories: (A) graphic works with narratives longer than jokes or anecdotes and (B) graphic works with no narrative or extremely short narratives. Of the 19 respondents who addressed this proposal, 7 favored it, 10 opposed it, and 2 gave mixed responses. Some respondents felt that dividing comic strips into two categories based on length of narrative would be too difficult for catalogers to do consistently. Some felt that it would not be difficult. Some felt that it would be difficult, but could be managed, and the results would benefit users. Some felt that dividing comic strips into two categories would be confusing to users and not benefit them at all. Some argued that it would be most beneficial for the user to arrange all comic strips, comic books, and graphic novels, regardless of length of narrative, by some combination of series, hero, or author. (That last suggestion could be implemented only by alphabetic arrangement. Alphabetic arrangement is always available as a local option: libraries may truncate Dewey numbers at an appropriate place and arrange alphabetically according to their needs.) We are giving a link to an extended selection of the responses (ResponsesCategories).

We are leaning against dividing 741.5 material into two categories, and leaning toward our original proposal, to treat everything from single-frame caricatures to three-frame newspaper comic strips to comic books to graphic novels all in the same way. We are still open, however, to comments and suggestions.

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We invite you to read the sample responses and to send comments and suggestions by August 19, 2005. We recommend that you join in a discussion via the Dewey Blog, which will be launched July 1, 2005.

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